Yesterday the team woke up super early at 4.00am and took the first flight up to Lukla.
As we all know, Lukla airport is the most exciting airport in the world to land at; everyone cheers when the wheels hit the tarmac.
I spoke with them over the sat-phone whilst they were having breakfast and getting prepared for the 3 hour walk to Chutanga.
Karen, Mark, Jeff and Sue were all in high spirits and ready to get the show on the road.
AngGelu, Dawa and Allan were busy finalizing last minute preparations before heading off.
Chutanga is 3020m and for the average sea-level dweller it is quite a significant change in altitude so, the team will spend two nights there to allow their bodies to adjust to this new environment. However, their rest day will not be spent sitting around.
Oh no ……… it can’t be that easy. They will head off slowly up one of the nearby hills for a few hours to gain even more altitude before returning down for the night.
We refer to this as an acclimatisation walk which allows their bodies to adjust to the new heights that they will be encountering in the following days. The group will find a nice spot to stop at and take in the awesome mountain views before descending back to Chutanga for an afternoon of rest and relaxation.
“Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1.” – Unknown